The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

May 22, 2013

Spire transformed into 'Moonlight Beach' for Edgewood prom

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Prom is a well-known tradition that is very important to high school students. The Edgewood prom has taken place for 50 years, and with prom there have been a multitude of activities. The week before is full of stressful, fun and sometimes very eye-opening activities that involve all of the student body. Prom at Edgewood is open to juniors, seniors and sophomores who were invited by an upperclassman.

“Prom is a right of passage,” said prom co-adviser Mary Cornely. Before the students could hit the dance floor, there were weeks of planning and preparing.

This year Cornely worked very closely with Linda Hazelton, student Hayley Hall, and a small group of other students to put together and plan the prom. Located at the Spire Institute the evening of May 11, the theme was “Moonlight Beach.” Upperclassmen and their guests were transported to a romantic beach setting filled with beach-wood and murals of sea horses and other sea-life. Junior Chris Davis and art teacher Debra Paxon contributed greatly to the decorations.

Although this was her first year planning prom, Cornely found that working closely with the students was very rewarding. However, the week before was stressful getting everything organized and together to take to Spire the day before prom.

The success of last year’s prom at Spire was what inspired principal Karl Williamson to have it there again this year.

Cornely said, “Last year it went well, so Hazelton scheduled it again because we were happy with the job they did.”

The Prom Committee worked closely with Spire, even having a night when the committee went and sampled the food.

Before prom, there were many student activities, including the election of Prom Court. Eight gentlemen and eight ladies were selected by the students.

“It was an honor to be chosen,” said Jacob Crislip, a member of the court. “It was very cool and surprising. I'm glad my fellow classmates think so highly of my character.” Although the last prom for any senior is bitter sweet, Crislip said, “It's nice to have a last memory of (high school) being on court.”

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